Efforts are still moving forward to possibly bring an American Legion post back to Pauls Valley.

A couple of previous meetings have brought some interest as another gathering is scheduled early next year.

Meetings in both November and December have resulted in a number of veterans coming to sign up to be members of a local post if one is ultimately formed.

“We need to get over 15 names to get started,” said Dale Haynes of Lexington, who serves as the district commander for the area that includes Pauls Valley.

Any veterans interested in being a part of a new local post are encouraged to attend the next meeting now scheduled for a 5 p.m. start on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the public library in Pauls Valley, 210 North Willow.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to “mutual helpfulness.”

Currently there about 1.7 million members nationwide with around 17,000 in 16 Oklahoma districts and 183 posts.

Currently members' eligibility requires active duty military service during a war time period.

Still, Haynes says anyone interested in bringing back a post to the Pauls Valley area is invited to the meeting.

To find out more about the effort call Todd Nichols at 501-529-3236 or Fred Morley at 480-208-2982.

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